The Bible is clear that the character of Believers should be like that of Jesus. The more we study the Bible, the more like God we become. Here are some ABC’s for Believers:
ASK (Matthew 7:7,11) Jesus explained the relationship between our Heavenly Father and us, His children. In verse 7, He tells us to ask, and it shall be given to us. If we need something, God will supply it, and if we need His guidance, He will give it to us.
BELIEVE (Mark 9:23) Jesus tells us that all things are possible to those who believe in God and trust God. Luke 1:37 says that nothing is impossible to God, and so when we believe God, we walk by faith and not by sight.
CAST YOUR CARES (1 Peter 5:7) When we are hurting, we don’t turn to the world for help, but rather, we go immediately to God in prayer because He cares for us. God hears and answers our prayers when we trust Him.
DO UNTO OTHERS (Luke 10:27) Jesus tells us to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We should give others the same respect and love as we give to ourselves.
ENCOURAGE OTHERS (1 Thessalonians 5:11) Paul teaches us to support each other, encourage each other, comfort each other, honor each other, and pray for each other. It is not our right to judge or tear down anyone since none of us are perfect.
FORGIVE (Matthew 6:14-15) Our salvation is given to us because of love and is made possible because God forgave us of our sins. None of us deserved it as we’re all sinners saved by grace. And so, we must also forgive others who have offended us.
GLORY (1 Corinthians 10:31) The glory that others see in us should always be directed to God. We must never receive any glory for ourselves regardless of what we do. Our accomplishments may result from our talents and skills, but God gave us those talents and skills so we could help others and win souls for His Kingdom. God alone gets the glory.
HOPE (Psalm 31:24) David said that when we face challenges in life, we need to put our trust in God because He will strengthen our heart and give us the courage to go on. He tells us that our hope is in the Lord and not in ourselves or in others or in things.
INSTRUCTION (Psalm 32:8) David tells us to follow God, and we do that by studying the Scriptures and getting the truth into our hearts. God will instruct us and teach us in the way that we should go, and He will guide us with His own eyes.
JUDGE NOT (Matthew 7:1-2) Jesus said that we are not to judge each other. We all are sinners, all have faults, and all have our own challenges in life. We are told to love each other, pray for each other and encourage each other.
KNOCK (Matthew 7:7-8) Jesus tells us to ask, seek and knock; knock, and it will be opened unto us. Hebrews 4:16 says that we are to come boldly to the throne of grace, and when we need God’s help, He is there for us.
LOVE (Luke 6:35) Jesus tells us to love all people, including our enemies. We don’t have to be their best friends, but we are to be friendly, helpful, encouraging, and respectful to them. Jesus loved us and died for us even when WE were still sinners; so we are to show that same love to others.
MERCIFUL (Luke 6:36) Like the good Samaritan, we must show mercy and compassion towards others. It’s not our place to judge or criticize; that is God’s realm. Ours is to help them through it and lead them to Jesus, and we do this with a kind heart, encouraging words and a forgiving spirit.
NOBLE (Philippians 4:8) Paul tells us to be honest, respectful, honorable, moral and truthful in everything we do. We are God’s children and His temple on this earth. When people look at us, they must be able to see God in us in everything we do.
OWE (Romans 13:8) We need to be people with integrity, responsible for all we do, including our finances. We aren’t to run up debt and become callous about paying it back. We should not leave this world with mounds of debt for others to deal with. God says to owe no one anything but love.
PEACEMAKERS (Matthew 5:9) Jesus emphasized that we are to keep the peace. Romans 12:18 tells us that as much as possible, we are to live peaceably with all men. Our purpose is to win souls for God’s Kingdom, to show God’s love and mercy towards others. Peace begins with us.
QUICK (James 1:19) We are to be good listeners and hear what people are telling us. We don’t judge or condemn, but rather, we are quick to share the hopeful message of the gospel. We need to hear the facts and be wise so that we don’t react with our wrath, but with God’s wisdom.
REJOICE (Philippians 4:4-9) We are to always rejoice in the Lord because He loves us and watches over us. Regardless of what we endure, our hearts should always rejoice in Him, knowing that He loves us, and hears and answers our prayers.
SAVIOR (John 3:16) Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He is the only way to God. The coming of our Messiah, our Saviour, was prophesied throughout the Old Testament. In Isaiah 43:3, God tells us that He is the Holy One of Israel, our Savior. Verse 11 says that He is the only Savior, so if we want to know God and spend eternity with Him, then we must receive Jesus as our Savior.
TRUST (Proverbs 3:5-6) God hears and answers our prayers. He also sees the big picture, of which we are a part of, and He doesn’t always work within our demanding timeframe. God has a plan for us, and we should be patient and trust God’s authority.
UNDERSTANDING (Proverbs 1:5) No person can read the Bible and know it’s deep truth unless God’s Spirit reveals it to them. They will see it as a possible history book, but one that’s filled with contradiction and confusion. If we want to know God and understand the Scriptures, then we must study it prayerfully with the intent to know and love God more.
VIRTUE (Philippians 4:8) We are to have the characteristics of Jesus and be filled with the fruits of His Spirit—love, joy, peace, goodness, meekness, kindness, gentleness, temperance, and faith. We don’t gossip or join in ungodly conversations. Everything we say or do should be to the glory of God, and His praise should always be on our lips.
WISDOM (James 1:5) If we lack the wisdom of God, then we need to ask for it. When we study the Bible, we become knowledgeable of God and His ways, but we need God’s guidance to apply what we’ve learned. So, we seek wisdom and react to the things of this world and to our circumstances in the same way that Jesus did.
EXCEL (2 Corinthians 8:7) Apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 3:14 to press towards the mark of the high calling of God. We are to work hard so that we excel or go beyond what is expected of us, whether it’s at home or at work. Whatever we do should be our very best effort, to the glory of God.
YEARN (Psalm 37:4) Our greatest yearning or desire should be for others to know God. Paul says in Romans 10:1 that his heart’s greatest desire and prayer is for Israel to be saved. This should be our prayer, too. We should pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
ZEAL (Philippians 3:6-7) Works won’t get us into Heaven. Paul says that he did many things to Believers before he was saved, and thought they were right—until he met God and was filled with the truth. We can’t be so zealous to do things for God that we miss His will for us. He doesn’t need our help. He wants our love and obedience. Then God will allow us to use our energy and do great things with Him in the battles that HE wants us to fight.
Always Be Christ-like!
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Thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed day! ….ronnie